Select Jeffs Compete in Terrier Classic over Weekend

January 28, 2007

BOSTON, MA - With the majority of the Amherst College track and field team competing at Wesleyan University on Saturday, a selected few women and men made a trip to Boston University to take part in the highly competitive Terrier Classic in search of fast times and great competition.

The women's meet took place on Friday, and despite the third and final week of intersession practice weighing on the legs and bodies, the Jeffs posted some solid times. Senior tri-captain Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) reversed her double from last week, this time running the 3k before coming back in the mile two hours later. Garrahan finished under 10 minutes to place 12th in the 3k, and finished 2nd in her heat of the mile (13th overall) with a time that just missed the NCAA provisional mark.

Sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) dropped over 20 seconds from her personal best in the 5k, as she ran a great race and qualified provisionally for the NCAA meet with her time of 17 minutes and 34 seconds. In the same section, sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kailua, HI) made her return to the track successful as she just missed breaking 18 minutes. Sophomore Caitlin Murphy (Newton, MA) finished 21st in the mile with her run of 5:10, while junior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) finished 21st in the 3000 at 10:14 and first-year Sophie Galleher (Denver, CO) ran to a fast time of 10:31.

The men's highest placers at BU came in the 3000, as senior Nate Freese (Tunbridge, VT), junior Mike Harbus (New York, NY) and sophomore Harrison Lakehomer (Eugene, OR) finished one-two-three in their section, respectively, with all of them running their best times ever and placing 39th, 46th, and 47th overall, respectively. First-year Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY), running in the section after them, finished 64th, just missing breaking the nine-minute barrier.

The other four Amherst competitors all raced in the mile, with senior tri-captain John Babbott (Ojai, CA) posting the team's fastest time of 4:21 to place 44th. The first-year trio of Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA), Will Bell (Silver Spring, MD) and Jimmy Swanson (New Orleans, LA) ran the mile together in a section and all finished well under the Division III New England qualifying mark, with Bell and Swanson posting their fastest times ever.

The entire Amherst squad will reunite Feb. 3 for the third Tufts Invitational of the season.